Lauren Schultz is a clinical herbalist, life coach, nutritional educator, Reiki and flower essence practitioner. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies at DePaul University. This paved the way for work as an activist and educator on the U.S/Mexico border. She subsequently received a certification from the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism and has studied with various western herbalists on topics including sacred smudges, flower and gem essences, and aromatherapy. Lauren’s studies include peace studies, conflict resolution, meditation, and group facilitation. After her education, Lauren worked as an Herbalist and in program development for Natural Doctors International in Nicaragua on the island of Ometepe. Lauren’s work in Nicaragua reinforced her love for plant-based medicine with her commitment to social justice issues and her understanding of how neo-liberal economic systems affect peoples’ access to medicine. Lauren is devoted to the plant realm and believes in it’s ability to empower and allow for deeper connection with our higher selves.